Crotch rocket to street tracker - A modest project

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by layzrider, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. layzrider

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    I decided to start this thread now, even though the project will be done over a relatively long time.
    I bought this old beater for $500. It was totaled. The previous owner bought it and made the lights work and tuned the carbs. My goal is to fix it up and sell it. I have several other bikes to ride.

    My idea is to convert it to sort of a street tracker. More a conventional street bike. I am estimating the project will take about 6 months. I will be camping, riding and kite boarding on 3 of trips for about 6 months. So I should have the project done in about a year.

    I don't intend to spend a lot on it, or make it the perfect bike. Being retired, I need a project. Something to do when home.

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  2. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    Okay, you sold me. I'm in. Make something awesome!!
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  3. layzrider

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    Well I don't know how awesome it is going to be. I am first grinding off the rust and corrosion on the headers. I also bought a harbor freight sand blaster. Maybe I can get more of it off with that. The rust will come thru the paint. It does every year on my old Transalp. Most people would buy new headers, but I want to keep the cost down.
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    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    There is some duplicolor engine paint with ceramic in it....
    Naval Jelly might get all the rust off?
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  6. layzrider

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    Cool looking bike above. Gives me something to look at for ideas. Too bad the rear of the bike got all chopped up before I got it.
    Thanks for the tip on the paint and jelly.

    Had some fun last night doing cardboard mock ups of seat alternatives. Although I am a long way from making something, I need to plan ahead.
    One looks something like a street tracker seat.
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    One looks more like an early grand prix seat.
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    But the bike is not really true to being either one.
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  7. sonic reducer

    sonic reducer Been here awhile

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    Muriatic acid strips rust pretty fast, but you want to neutralize it after with a baking soda solution and get some paint on it quick.
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    Vinegar (stronger the better) and one of those rust converter phosphoric acid/zinc coatings, in Europe you can use Fertan in the US Eastwood Fast Etch, otherwise it's BBQ paint time!
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  11. layzrider

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    Got some clr today. What is evapor rust?

    Down to the motor . Now for some fun stuff polishing the fins on the edges. 20170424_160730.jpg
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  13. layzrider

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    Well I am encouraged. Maybe one of these products after another will do it. The rust and corrosion is really bad.

    I would like to produce a bike that will work for the potential buyer and not end up a problem for him or her. I don't know much about the bike but it seems like it would appeal to a younger person in Portland. A low cost, entry level bike. It has 40k + on the speedo, but it runs good and should last for a while. It seemed to have good throttle response. Hopefully not too much power. I don't know. Or should I advertise it for the more advanced rider? I know it is a long way away from that time but I like to plan ahead.
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    No kidding - another driveway engineer with a sawzall and a vision. Painful to see some of the results these types put out.
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  15. layzrider

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    Back to working on the project , now that the rainy weather has started. I got the frame to the welder to have the footpegs and rear brake components welded to the frame. 20171016_123924.jpg
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  16. layzrider

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    Meanwhile, striping the white paint from the wheels. Looks like some one spray painted them white. Some of it is flaking off and I am scraping the rest off. I hope the new paint I will be putting on holds up a little better. I can't spend a lot on the bike. It will never be worth much regardless. So I am going to spray it with Rustoleum enamel. it seems to resist gasoline well.
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    In keeping with the low budget theme, I made a center lift frame for the bike. The future new owner can raise the bike and service the front or rear wheel. This will do instead of buying front and rear lift stands. He would just have to buy a Harbor freight lift. It was harder to build than I thought because it had to fit on top of the lift and under the low bike. I had to make it in two pieces, so they could slide in from either side and bolt together.
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    I also tie the bike off to the ceiling storage rack, so the bike can not accidentally fall over.
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  18. layzrider

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    I have decided to paint the frame black instead of silver. The silver color get scratched too easily. The black will not show the marks so badly and can more easily be touched up. Powder coating would really be the answer but for my low budget bike, it would cost too much. Maybe $500 for the frame and other parts. Below shows the scratches from just a little set up work with the kickstand.
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  19. plurihack

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    I've subscribed to this!
    Projects like this are very interesting, especially if it turns out into something good. With big cash and/or access to high end machining shops & such it's hard NOT to get a great project, but with fewer resources extra creativity and skill are mandatory.
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  20. Yella DR

    Yella DR Let's go!

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    Epoxy Appliance paint works well
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